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3D Coffee Filter Pumpkin Craft

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This coffee filter pumpkin is the perfect fall craft for kids. It’s an easy and inexpensive activity to do at home or school.

This craft project is ideal for kindergarten and elementary age children. Preschool age children can also complete this craft with some assistance. 

I love how this free standing three-dimensional pumpkin craft has so much decorating potential!

You can use the pumpkins to decorate throughout fall which makes this an excellent Halloween craft AND Thanksgiving craft.

Make a row of these little pumpkins for your mantle or group several together for a cute little centerpiece for the table. You can even glue it onto a piece of construction paper for a pop-up art project or to use in a holiday card.

Looking for more projects like this? Don’t miss our 3D Coffee Filter Campfire, Coffee Filter Bats and our book of 15 cute coffee filter crafts.

Text at top of image says 3D Coffee Filter Pumpkin in red, black and orange text. A close side view of completed project is under the text. Black text under project says Fall Craft For Kids.

3D Pumpkin Coffee Filter Halloween Craft

This coffee filter pumpkin craft uses just a few common craft supplies and only takes about 20 minutes to complete (plus additional drying time).

Do this craft at home, as a family, or at a school. It’s a quick and easy craft to include in an art center this fall. 

Making these coffee filter pumpkins is a fun fine motor activity for preschool and kindergarten children that provides coloring, tracing, cutting and gluing practice.

Older children will also enjoy this craft that they can complete mostly independently. 

Completed 3D coffee filter pumpkin on table between two small white and orange yarn pumpkin decorations.

Please note: Younger children may need assistance with the stapling step.

I love how this method of coloring the coffee filters makes it look like watercolor painting!

Kids will love spraying the coffee filters with water and watching the colors blend too.

It’s important to protect your work surface by placing the coffee filters on top of a craft mat, parchment paper, zippered plastic bag, or even a paper plate before spraying.

These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.

3D Coffee Filter Pumpkin Craft Supplies:

White coffee filters, small pair of red handled scissors, glue stick, finger tip spray bottle, pencil, orange and yellow washable markers, small stapler, and green and orange chenille stems spread out on workspace.

How to Make 3D Coffee Filter Pumpkins:

Start by flattening out round coffee filters. I used three for one pumpkin. 

Draw on them with orange (or a combination of yellow and orange) washable markers. Lightly color the entire area.

Round coffee filter colored with orange and yellow washable markers. Markers laying next to filter and small spray bottle filled with water.

Tip: Coffee filters bleed color because they are so thin. Placing your coffee filter on top of a piece of construction or printer paper while coloring will help protect your work surface.

Place the colored coffee filters on a paper plate, sheet of parchment paper, craft mat or large zippered baggie and spray with water. Have fun watching the magic of the colors move and blend! Set aside to dry.

These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.

Three coffee filters colored orange and dried laying overlapping on workspace.

Once your coffee filters are dry, it is time to make your pumpkin shapes!

First, begin by stacking your coffee filters and then folding your coffee filter in half, then in half again and again until you have a total of 3 folds (see picture).

Vertical Collage of three pictures showing how to fold the coffee filter.

Next, trace a rounded half-pumpkin shape keeping the bottom as flat as possible so it is easy to stand

rounded pumpkin shape cut out of orange folded coffee filter

Carefully cut along your trace line.

Stapling orange coffee filters together to make 3D pumpkin.

Once all of your cuts are made, while keeping the pumpkins folded, stack them together and add one staple along the fold line horizontally aligning with the folded edge.

Next, using your glue dots or glue stick, attach both the orange and green chenille stems also along the fold line. 

Orange and green chenille stems glued to coffee filter pumpkin with green stem wrapped around pencil to make a curly vine.

I cut the chenille stems into 4” pieces and then trimmed them later.

Once the chenille stems are glued in, enclose them between two of the flaps, gluing the pieces together to hide where you attached the stems.

Overhead view of three dimensional coffee filter pumpkin next to other pumpkin decorations.

Finally, carefully fan out your pumpkin, shaping it, until it can stand on its own.

Lastly, using a pencil or paintbrush, carefully twist the green chenille stem around one end to make a twist.

That’s it!

3D coffee filter pumpkin standing up next to yarn pumpkins.

More Fall Craft Ideas:

3D Coffee Filter Pumpkin Craft

3D Coffee Filter Pumpkin Craft

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5 or less

Make this cute three dimensional coffee filter pumpkin for a fun fall craft.

Materials

  • 2-3 Round White Coffee Filters
  • Washable Markers
  • Chenille Stems - Green, Orange
  • Glue Dots or Glue Stick

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Pencil (for tracing and shaping)
  • Water Spray Bottle (for color blending)
  • Paper Plate, parchment paper, ziploc bag or craft mat

Instructions

  1. Start by flattening out round coffee filters. I used three for one pumpkin. 
  2. Draw on them with orange (or a combination of yellow and orange) washable markers. Lightly color the entire area.
  3. Place the colored coffee filters on a paper plate, sheet of parchment paper, craft mat or large zippered baggie and spray with water. Have fun watching the magic of the colors move and blend! Set aside to dry.
  4. Once your coffee filters are dry, it is time to make your pumpkin shapes!
  5. First, begin by stacking your coffee filters and then folding your coffee filter in half, then in half again and again until you have a total of 3 folds.
  6. Next, trace a rounded half-pumpkin shape keeping the bottom as flat as possible so it is easy to stand
  7. Carefully cut along your trace line.
  8. Once all of your cuts are made, while keeping the pumpkins folded, stack them together and add one staple along the fold line horizontally aligning with the folded edge.
  9. Next, using your glue dots or glue stick, attach both the orange and green chenille stems also along the fold line. 
  10. I cut the chenille stems into 4” pieces and then trimmed them later.
  11. Once the chenille stems are glued in, enclose them between two of the flaps, gluing the pieces together to hide where you attached the stems.
  12. Finally, carefully fan out your pumpkin, shaping it, until it can stand on its own.
  13. Lastly, using a pencil or paintbrush, carefully twist the green chenille stem around one end to make a twist.

Notes

Coffee filters bleed color because they are so thin. Placing your coffee filter on top of a piece of construction or printer paper while coloring will help protect your work surface.

These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.

Did you make this project?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

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